Over the past 3 months, I have been based in East Africa, in Kenya as part of my PhD program under the PIPS scheme (Professional Internships for PhD Students). It was here that I was given the opportunity to work on projects related to science communication, science media production and international capacity building. For the … Continue reading The End of my PhD Internship in Kenya – A Reflective Look Back
AfriPlantSci19 Draws To A Close
The final few days of the AfriPlantSci summer school 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya were upon us. The final sessions revolved around insect-mediated disease led by Saskia Hogenhout, assisted by Roland Wouters and James Canham. After learning a little about the theory behind the science, participants went out in to the university botanical garden … Continue reading AfriPlantSci19 Draws To A Close
AfriPlantSci19 Week 2
The second week of AfriPlantSci 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya was upon us. It was another jam-packed week filled with a wide range of workshops, lectures, laboratory practical sessions and group events. This week started with multiple workshops on scientist soft skills as well as a gender in research session from AWARD (African Women … Continue reading AfriPlantSci19 Week 2
AfriPlantSci Summer School 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya
We had arrived in Kilifi on the eastern coastline of Kenya. Our accommodation was a little more unorthodox that most. We were to be staying on a boathouse! The boathouse was located by the Kilifi boatyard on the water and required dinghy service to get to and from. On board were 3 bedrooms, a kitchen … Continue reading AfriPlantSci Summer School 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya
From China, The Long Way Around.
For Hans and I, it was time for another week of the PIPS internship out in Nairobi, Kenya. What will this week have in store for us? We first started, following our weekly Monday morning meeting, with a bit of creative brainstorming. As part of our internship, we are creating a series of online training … Continue reading From China, The Long Way Around.
This week started with getting to grips with some animation software to start to produce some motion graphics, useful for transitions, backgrounds or titles. This involved wrestling with the notoriously challenging 3D animation software blender. After many tutorials and lots of practice, I was able to produce a few short transitions which I have to … Continue reading Filming Commences
Troubleshoot, Troubleshoot, Troubleshoot!
Time for a new week! This week started off with our regular Monday meeting. We go around and share what we have been up to over the past week. When it came to our turn, Hans and I shared the progress we had made and mentioned some of the issues we were having. As part … Continue reading Troubleshoot, Troubleshoot, Troubleshoot!
The Project and the Wildlife
Our first week of our PIPS (professional internship for PhD students) placement has begun, time to start the project. For Hans, this was to create a production pipeline for a transferable skills video training series. For myself, a similar project but for a bioinformatic video training series. To start off the week, we attended the … Continue reading The Project and the Wildlife